The Transfiguration of Jesus Christ

Type: Icon

Period: From the beginning of the 18 century to the end of the 18 century

Author: Unknown

Dimmensions (cm): 87.5 / 66.5


Country: Bulgaria

Province: Sofia

Town: Sofia

Museum: National History Museum


Country: Bulgaria

Other source: Others

Object identification notes

The stylistic features the icon presented here allow to attribute it to art of thе early 18th century in the southeastern Bulgarian lands and the Strandja region. The icon has a profiled frame in brown and black. The background is milky blue in the upper part and brownish crenellated rocks in the lower part.


The scene depicts one of the Feasts of Christ and conforms to the iconography convention of this New Testament plot. Three rock peaks are occupied by: full-face full-size Jesus Christ dressed in white in the centre in a sharp peaked mandorla, flanked by Moses in dark-red chiton, claret himation and a gospel in his hand, and Elijah the Prophet in claret chiton and dark-blue himation both in three-quarter face. Moses and Elijah are amids white clouds, which connect the peaks. Their stretchei hands present the Savior. The figures of the apostles Peter John and James are depicted low in the foreground agains the backdrop of the rocks.

Iconographical technique: Tempera

Base material: Wood